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Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:59

Singing the blues at Chelsea

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Who who have ever thought it was possible, that Chelsea would be defeated by Basel in the group stages of the Champions League.

All the online betting was for a home win at Stamford Bridge, but Basel ended a record 29 Champions League group match wins for Chelsea at home. In fact it was the Blues first Champions League group stage defeat at Stamford Bridge since October 2003! It has not been the start that Jose Mourinho would have expected, and in fact, it is one of the worst starts in the English Premier League season in ten years.

Chelsea did have a bright start to the game as they scored courtesy of a goal by Oscar, as he belted a first time shot which found its way into the net at the end of the first half. But Salah equalised in the 71st minute of the match and then came the shock goal by the captain of Basel, Streller, with a header in the last ten minutes. It was quite shocking that the home team did have a lot of the play, and this was reflected in six corners in the first half, but still could not get a shot to test the Basel’s goalkeeper, Yann Sommer.

This lack of penetration was underlined with the home debut of star transfer Samuel Eto’o. The striker who was one the late transfers this summer and came all the way from the Russian team Anzhi Makhackala, could not make a telling impression on the game and could only manage to test Basel’s goalkeeper in injury time!

This type of display was not what Chelsea supporters and Roman Abramovich would have expected, it was very much a lack lustre performance from a team didn’t even have their £50 million striker Fernando Torres on the bench! Jose Mourinho did take full responsibility for the loss in his post match interview and stated that he knows that his team will come good in the end. One just hopes that they don’t wait too long to get their act together, because as we all know too well, Roman is not the patient type.